Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In Memory of You - Happy 40th Birthday to my son

40 Years ago today, my son Robert (Bobby) W. Wood was born to our family, joining his big brother Ric who was 2 1/2 years older.. Bobby was born at St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas, Texas at 4:36pm ..  Bobby was often teased that he was our replacement child and maybe in some ways he was.. Bobby was born a little more than a year after our daughter Robin Marie had died and 2 years after Ric's twin, our first daughter Randee Marie had died..  Thank God we didn't know, that shortly after Bobby's 36th birthday, which we celebrated at our home with his wife and children, that on September 19th, 2009 he would choose to end his life - leaving his wife Jennifer and  beautiful little boys, who were only 5 & 6 at the time and countless family and friends who loved him.....

Next month we will celebrate that 4th memorial anniversary with a memorial mass, a tradition observed by the Catholic Church and something we arranged would be done for the first 5 years after his death..  But quite honestly, not a tradition I will carry on after next year (and one I truly wish I had not begun)..  I don't want to remember the day he died, or for that matter the months leading up to his death.

No, instead as of today, it is today that I will remember and all the days, months and years that came after his birth...I need to remember his life - all the happy wonderful times - those 13,172 days that he was with us - making us smile, making memories and being part of our family....  That is the tradition that I vow to celebrate & memorialize in the years to come...  So Happy 40th Birthday in Heaven in Bobby.. we love and miss you very much and and this "Is in Memory of You"... XXOO Your Mom, Cherie Houston

In Memory Of You
~ by  M.S. Lowndes

We want to always remember
The beautiful life you lived
And keep alive the memories we have
Through remembering what you did

For you're so special to all of us
A wonderful person indeed
Your love, laughter and warm smile
Reflected a heart that believed

Just in the everyday things we do
We remember your faith and love
In the words you spoke to help us through
Is a continued reminder for us

Although we miss you so very much
We know we'll see you once more
For this is the hope we have in God
Being re-united in the Lord

And as we gather we'll continue to share
Special times we went through
For these are memories that warm our hearts
As we honor the memory of you

1 comment:

  1. This was the second year anniversary of our Son's death. We did not have a Mass this year (although he was mentioned at one) I just really want to forget that day all together and not remember it. I feel his birthday is the same - something just WE need to remember. We do however, have a day we call "Oreo Cookie Day" - in honor of his first Oreo Cookie (just before he was 1 year old) that for me is a TRUE celebration of his very short (21 months) life.